The King’s College, still kicking, has a new president

Remember The King’s College?

The evangelical Christian college was based in Briarcliff Manor from 1955 until the state ordered it to close in 1994.

At that point, the school was $20 million in the red, enrollment had plummeted from 870 to 170 students and the state determined that the college’s faculty was not up to snuff.

In 1992, the college began the process for selling its Westchester property to Tara Circle, an Irish-American organization that wanted to create an athletics and cultural center. If you were around at the time, you remember that the town of Briarcliff Manor had something of a civil war over the Tara Circle plans.

The opponents eventually won out. Then it took a decade for the town to decide what to do with the property.

Early this year, ground was broken for a $350 million senior housing community, The Club at Briarcliff Manor, which is set to open in 2013.

Why do I bring up The King’s College?

The college shut down in 1994, but was revived in 1998 with the assistance of Bill Bright, the late founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

It reopened in, of all places, the Empire State Building. According to the college’s website: “We exist to influence the world’s most strategic institutions. After a century in which many Christians have disengaged from the public square, we seek to enter it, declaring truth in a civil and persuasive manner.

New York City, the most critical city in the world, is our campus.”

Now The King’s College has a new president, the much noted and quoted conservative thinker Dinesh J. D’Souza. He is such a media force these days that The King’s College is bound to get a higher profile in the months to come.

In fact, D’Souza has just written an article in Forbes magazine about President Obama, in which he writes that “The President’s actions are so bizarre that they mystify his critics and supporters alike.”

He concludes that Obama is an “anticolonialist,” shaped by his father: “But to his son, the elder Obama represented a great and noble cause, the cause of anticolonialism.”

D’Souza writes:

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It may seem incredible to suggest that the anticolonial ideology of Barack Obama Sr. is espoused by his son, the President of the United States. That is what I am saying. From a very young age and through his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to view America’s military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation. He adopted his father’s position that capitalism and free markets are code words for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America. In his worldview, profits are a measure of how effectively you have ripped off the rest of society, and America’s power in the world is a measure of how selfishly it consumes the globe’s resources and how ruthlessly it bullies and dominates the rest of the planet.

For Obama, the solutions are simple. He must work to wring the neocolonialism out of America and the West.

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So there is your update on The King’s College.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.